What we do
The Office of Sustainability (OOS) works with partners around the City to improve quality of life in all Philadelphia neighborhoods, reduce the City’s carbon emissions, and prepare Philadelphia for a hotter, wetter future.
OOS is responsible for implementing Greenworks Philadelphia, the City’s comprehensive sustainability plan, which is made up of eight visions:
- Accessible food and drinking water
- Healthy outdoor and indoor air
- Clean and efficient energy
- Climate-prepared and carbon-neutral communities
- Quality natural resources
- Accessible, affordable, and safe transportation
- Zero Waste
- Engaged students, stewards, and workers
Energy BenchmarkingWorking to cut energy waste in Philadelphia’s largest buildings by tracking and reporting citywide building performance.
Oct20EventBEPP Session 2: Determining your Compliance Pathway3:00 pm to 4:00 pmVirtual - ZoomEvent
BEPP Session 2: Determining your Compliance PathwayOctober 20, 20213:00 pm to 4:00 pm, 1 hourVirtual - Zoommap
This session will offer a deeper dive into the different compliance pathways that are available to building owners / managers. You will learn about requirements for high performance pathways, how to demonstrate that you are qualified for each pathway, as well as tune-up exemption criteria.
Qualified Tune-Up Specialists, as well as the Philadelphia Energy Authority (PEA) will join this session and provide information on low-cost financing for high performance such as C-PACE (Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy) and how existing programs can support building owners / managers in improving building performance. Register here.
LEARN MORE: https://bit.ly/BEPPSessions
Oct21EventClimate Year Speaker Series: the student experience at COP12:00 pm to 1:30 pmVirtual - ZoomEvent
Climate Year Speaker Series: the student experience at COPOctober 21, 202112:00 pm to 1:30 pm, 2 hoursVirtual - Zoommap
Every year, the United Nations holds a Climate Change Conference,also called a Conference of Parties, or COP. This November, the 26th convening- COP26 - will be held in Glasgow, Scotland. Delegates from nearly everycountry in the world convene at COP to deliberate what they will do to addressthe climate crisis.
In this iteration of the Climate Speaker Series, join a panel of alumni fromDrexel University and Washington University - St Louis, as they discuss theirexperiences at previous COP events, its influence on their academic andprofessional endeavors, and lessons learned for students who would like toengage in climate action. This panel will be moderated by Drexel University andis co-hosted by Washington University - St Louis and Rutgers University.
Oct21EventGreen City, Clean Waters: A Decade in the Community Celebration!4:00 pm to 7:00 pmCrane Arts, 1400 N American St, Philadelphia, PA 19122, USAEvent
Green City, Clean Waters: A Decade in the Community Celebration!October 21, 20214:00 pm to 7:00 pm, 3 hoursCrane Arts, 1400 N American St, Philadelphia, PA 19122, USAmapThis year marks the 10th anniversary of Green City, Clean Waters — the City of Philadelphia’s 25-year plan to improve local waterway health using primarily green stormwater systems backed by investments in traditional infrastructure.
The Philadelphia Water Department invites you to the Green City, Clean Waters: A Decade in the Community celebration. Enjoy activities, light refreshments, green stormwater infrastructure tours, an official ribbon-cutting for the American Street Improvement Project, and more!
This event is rain or shine and will adhere to all City COVID-19 guidance for in-person events.
LEARN MORE: water.phila.gov/gccw10/